My name is Ben Simpson.
I write about theology, the Bible, ministry and ideas. I have been married to my wife, Molly, for thirteen years, and together we have two children--a daughter, Joy, and a son, David. Molly is an ordained United Methodist elder, and serves as Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Waco, Texas. We met at Baylor in 1998, and were married in the summer of 2003.
I have a few degrees and I love school: Baylor (BA - Religion, '02), Dallas Theological Seminary (MA - Christian Education, '05), and The University of Kansas (MA - Religious Studies, '11). In '15, I completed course of study for Certification in Spiritual Direction at Perkins School of Theology, SMU. I enjoy coffee, conversation, sports, and time with friends. You can connect with me by clicking the links in the right hand side-bar. There is also a form to submit comments, questions, prayer requests, etcetera located further down the page, or you can email me here.
I am an ordained Baptist minister, having served in church leadership positions in children's and youth ministry. I have taught adult discipleship classes, preached a handful of sermons, and have invested my life in teenagers through camps, retreats, and regular youth group gatherings. From June 2013 to June 2016 I served as Minister to Students at University Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.
Once upon a time, I was published by Collide Magazine (later the Echo Hub). Sadly, my musings on the church, media, spiritual formation, and other miscellany are no longer available online. I have been published at the blog of RelevantMagazine.com, FaithVillage, Practicing Families, and have contributed to Mere Orthodoxy. I have also been published in Devozine, The Upper Room Magazine, and The Englewood Review of Books. If you'd like me to write a piece for your webpage or periodical, reach out.
I have written a few books:
- Committed to Christ: 40 Devotions for a Generous Life
- Table Talk Volume 1 - Devotions: Bible Stories You Should Know
- Table Talk Volume 2 - Devotions: Bible Stories You Should Know
- Journey 101 - Daily Readings: Steps to the Life God Intends
- Jesus is Lord: The Cry of a Kingdom Citizen: Youth Edition
A widely read piece I have written is on the legacy of Brennan Manning.
- ERB: Ben Witherington, The Rest of Life
- ERB: Lee Beach, The Church in Exile
- ERB: Paul Heintzman, Leisure and Spirituality
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